I owe you all an apology.
In a flurry of activity during the launch of Australian Conservatives, some of you did not receive your weekly dose of common sense. Rest assured it won't happen again!
STATEMENT TO THE SENATE
7 February 2017
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Mr President, I rise to inform the Senate that this morning I have resigned as a member of the Liberal Party.
Parliament resumes next week for what will be a testing year for the government and opposition.
Media reports indicate our national debt will hit $500 billion in coming weeks with no sign of slowing. The irresponsible approach by the opposition and populist Senate crossbench to proposed spending cuts loads our children and grandchildren with an economic burden they do not deserve.
Your Weekly Dose of Common Sense is back for 2017 - and what a year it promises to be!
Who would have thought one of the first battles for conservatives would be to defend Australia Day from the ravages of the perpetually disgruntled.
As we head into one of our most significant cultural celebrations, there is time to give thanks for abundant blessings and to reflect on the year past and contemplate the year ahead.
It’s great to be back on Australian soil. Whatever the merits of other nations, I remain firmly of the view that Australia is the greatest country in the world. My aim is to keep it that way (and make it better) for generations to come.
It’s three degrees and the first tiny flakes of snow are falling in Manhattan. Somehow I find it symbolic, given that my secondment to the United Nations and my stay here is drawing to a close. The end of one season and the beginning of another.
The Trump election has shaken the political establishment to its core. The collective wisdom of the insiders and their media acolytes was seriously out of step with the American people.
I have no idea who will win tomorrow’s US presidential election. The character of the candidates, the Electoral College system, voluntary voting and the division within American society itself make it a difficult race to call. Whilst Clinton is the favourite according to the polls and the media, Trump could just pull off an extraordinary victory – or he could get thrashed!
For all the innovation that America and its entrepreneurs have driven over many decades, they still haven’t got a clue about coffee. The default option here is a tepid brew of dirty dishwater served in as large a cardboard cup as possible. Sometimes they’ll add ice and call it ‘cold brew’ but the only word that I feel does American coffee justice is ‘awful’!
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